Signifying Nothing

Signifying Nothing
Composer
Karen Siegel
Composer Nationality
American
Composer Date of Birth
1980
Text
William Shakespeare
Year Composed
2009
Pages
11
Minutes
4
Difficulty
5 (Challenging)
Language
English
Voicing
4 part mixed chorus
Divisi
Yes
Solos
none
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Sparse, distant, minimal; Tense, with some edge
Description

This setting of Macbeth’s “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow” soliloquy plays with the idea of sound emerging from nothing and then disintegrating back into the ether. Each phrase ebbs in and out of being, only briefly existing as an understandable line of poetry with a cohesive melody and rhythm. Composed for C4: the Choral Composers/Conductors Collective.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBNxEn2Ywmk&feature=emb_title

Audio Credit
Phillip Cheah, Suzanne Schwing, Karen Siegel & Dennis Tobenski
Group
C4
Performances
C4: Feb 25 & 27 2010 (Sound and Fury), cond. David Rentz (World Premiere); Clerestory: Sept. 28 & 29 2013; Phillip Cheah, Suzanne Schwing, Karen Siegel & Dennis Tobenski: Feb. 2013